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America: Changing for the Better?

The United States of America has come a long way since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but not quite far enough. While things in our society have the potential to turn around and make our country great, too many issues are still holding America back: police brutality and racism, the defunding of Planned Parenthood without knowledge of the services it provides, and the still present issue of rape culture.  Sure, our government

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Why Dress Codes are Inherently Sexist

Schools across the country are enforcing strict dress codes, primarily on female students. Girls are being sent home for the length of their shorts, showing their shoulders, or having a visible bra strap. Sending a girl home from school because of the way she is dressed is telling her that a boy’s comfort is more valuable than her education. There is nothing inherently sexual about a shoulder or a knee or collar bones, but the

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How A Boy And His Clock Exposed Islamophobia

Monday started like any other day in Irving, Texas, as Ahmed Mohamed, 14, arrived at his high school on time and prepared to learn. He was excited to show his engineering teacher a clock he’d built himself using a pencil box, which he’d brought with him to school that day in eager excitement. But Ahmed would never get to show his teacher his inventive creation, nor would he receive the immense praise he deserved for

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The Chicano Movement: The History They Didn’t Teach You In School

Often times, I’m asked about my identity.  “What is a Chicana?” “What does Chicano/a mean?”  In short, a Chicanx (gender neutral term for Chicano/a) is a Mexican-American, specifically, a Mexican-American acknowledging their indigenous roots.  I am a Chicana, I am Mexican-American, with indigenous roots.  But what does it mean to really be Chicanx? Although the origin of the word “Chicano” is uncertain, it is believed that the word originated as a slang term of “Mexicano.”

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Sexual Harassment in Egypt

Sexual harassment: an ever-growing rampant issue in Egypt. Egyptian women are now scared to leave the comfort of their own home, scared of the lustful gazes, scared of the vulgar remarks thrown at them and scared of the inappropriate touching. According to a report published by The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced some sort of sexual harassment, 96.5% have experienced sexual harassment through the

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Battling Depression, Anxiety and GCSEs alone.

During High school around year 9, School became too much for me. Entering classes would leave me feeling dizzy, sick, breathless and sweating. It got to the point where I would skip almost every one of my lessons, and as someone who highly enjoyed my classes, I found the whole thing rather devastating. I was confused as to what was happening to me and why I felt this way. Eventually I turned to my parents,

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Why Planned Parenthood Deserves America’s Support

When I heard about the house voting on the temporarily suspension of funds to Planned Parenthood, I was in a state of dismay. As an opinionated 16-year-old with a desire to whine, the only option was take out my loathing of this bill to Twitter, only to receive backlash from random pro-life accounts, of course. After gathering my self-control to respond with pleasant, respectful replies, I couldn’t help but have a deep down hatred boiling

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I’m A Boy, So I Can’t Have A Mental Illness

Written by Jacob Hood The first step to combating my depression was not seeking help, but remembering that I was a boy. Boy– supposedly synonymous with stoic, emotionless robot who drips testosterone and scoffs at the very notion of weakness. Dictionaries had their definition, society had another. And mental illness did not fit into that puzzle of societal expectations. My upbringing in a southern home was naturally engulfed in hypermasculine ideals: the walls of my

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Why the Zendaya Doll Matters

Source  The latest Barbie doll has garnered a lot of attention, but not for the usual reason. While Barbie is often under fire by the media for its unrealistic representations of women’s bodies, this time the publicity is far more positive. Barbie has made a doll modeled after Zendaya’s 2015 Oscars look, dreads and all. This look got a lot of attention, not because of her gorgeous Vivienne Westwood dress of course, but because of

Race

I’m Not An Oreo

Written by Grace Osiemi If you’re black, you’ve probably heard: “I like you… ’cause you’re not ghetto.” “You’re the smartest… black person I know!” “You should straighten your hair… otherwise it looks “nappy.”” ” Are you sure you aren’t mixed? You don’t even act black.” “You’re like an Oreo! Black on the outside, but white on the inside!” And the all too familiar: “You’re pretty… for a black girl :)” These cute little backhanded compliments

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